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Very Good Plans for Model A Ford

Very Good Plans for Model A Ford

05-11-2019 10:45 PM by Redoak49 | 5 comments »

I recently bought two sets of plans for a Ford Model A. I reviewed the one from Gatto earlier and was not happy with the way it was printed on blue paper and hard to read. This one from Forest Street Designs is much better and clearly printed on white paper and very clear. This allows me to copy various parts of it to make the parts. I have looked briefly through the plans and it seems to have very good details. While I do not expect to completely follow the plans, I do expect to uti...

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Good Plan but Poor Printing

Good Plan but Poor Printing

05-11-2019 01:38 PM by Redoak49 | 2 comments »

I recently purchased the Model A Roadster Plan from Gatto Plans. The details in it are pretty good but the printing is not good. The plans arrived and printed on blue paper. This makes it very difficult to make copies to use while making the model. In addition, the printing is small and looks like it was typed and probably was as it is copyrighted in 1990. For my older, more mature, eyes, this plan is very user unfriendly. I have tried scanning to black and white with different sett...

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Great Resource for Plane Identification

Great Resource for Plane Identification

01-09-2019 12:04 AM by poopiekat | 0 comments »

This is a three-volume set of reference books that focuses on patents for woodworking tools throughout U.S. history.Images of all planes, and a variety of spoke shaves, obscure shoot boards, tools for shoe-making, all compiled from the US Patent office, are shown and described here. Other than a Stanley #11, I was not aware of the huge volume of leather (shoemaking) tools. The primary patent holder, and secondary partners if known are listed along with a basic guide to rarity. Patents a...

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In the Greene & Greene Style and Greene & Greene Design Elements for the Workshop

In the Greene & Greene Style and Greene & Greene Design Elements for the Workshop

09-11-2018 08:39 PM by Jerry | 23 comments »

I just bought these two excellent books. Best investment in woodworking books I’ve made to date. Richly illustrated and photographed these books represent many many years of research and production of Greene and Greene masterworks. Detailed sketches, plans, templates, jigs, and techniques abound. If this is not the definitive guide to all things Greene & Greene and how to make them yourself, then I don’t know what is. If you want to make Greene & Greene furniture, then these...

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Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360

Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360

11-02-2017 03:00 AM by oldnovice | 18 comments »

This is a well written introduction to Fusion 360, and it can be very helpful if Fusion 360 available on your PC as book is written as tutorial. The text starts, and repeats on occasion, with how to navigate the setup, log into Fusion 360, and how to use history tools. At first this seems a little redundant but, at least for me, it was worth the repetition as the history tools are different from anything I have used before and in Fusion 360 these tools are extremely helpful. There are ...

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A great source of ideas

A great source of ideas

09-23-2017 02:20 PM by whope | 2 comments »

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to produce items with an Asian influence. To get more information and ideas, I browsed around Amazon and found this title. Seemed like it might be what I wanted. Indeed it is. It covers eight countries (and various regions) from India to Korea. Each chapter discusses general style of furniture and factors that contributed to that area’s style. Then there are many photos showcasing examples. There are also a couple pages on region wood and to...

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One of the most important period furniture books published in a long time!

One of the most important period furniture books published in a long time!

06-06-2017 02:53 PM by StumpyNubs | 15 comments »

Read the print review, or watch the video review- your choice! This book has been out quite a while, it was published in 2011. And ever since it has had a home in my woodworking library because it is, in my opinion, one of the most important books about classic furniture to be published in a long time. That’s because the southern style itself has always been grossly underrepresented in the pages of woodworking books. There are shelves full of volumes on the furniture styles of Philadelphia...

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Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz

Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz

04-03-2017 09:48 PM by WorkBenchInk | 4 comments »

Campaign Furniture By Christopher Schwarz. Illustrated. 332 pp. Lost Art Press LLC. $35 Camping, hiking, cycling, and even business travel. Rooted within the mind of the traveler is the urge to explore, to strive forward, equipped not only to survive, but to thrive. For me long distance bicycle touring exemplifies this concept. Pushing out on a week-long camping trip, my saddlebags packed with clothing, lightweight tent, folding camp stove, cooking gear, rain gear, repair kit and instant S...

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Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual

01-08-2017 12:13 AM by Druid | 13 comments »

I’ve just finished reading my new copy of the “Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual” by Chris Pye which I received as part of my Yule presents.Even though I have been carving for some time now, I found it well worth my time to read completely through from cover to cover, and I was pleased to glean quite a few tips and techniques that Chris shares. His explanations and photos make the information very understandable, and he includes good insights into his reasoning behin...

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Great book for ideas & inspiration

Great book for ideas & inspiration

04-11-2016 10:43 PM by Tooch | 2 comments »

I just picked up this book for $25 yesterday at my local Rockler, and I must say it will be worth every penny. Just leafing through the pages while I was still in the store gave me at least a dozen ideas for new additions I can make to my shop to keep it running smoother, safer, and more organized. The thing that really impressed me was how comprehensive the text is. Despite the fact that each idea is very raw, (not really detailing much about the builds), the illustrations are more than ...

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